Appointment In Samarra

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A twentieth-century classic, Appointment in Samarra is the first and most widely read book by the writer Fran Leibowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville social circuit is electrified with parties and dances, where the music plays late into the night and the liquor flows freely. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English—the envy of friends and strangers alike. But in one rash moment born ...

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Overview

A twentieth-century classic, Appointment in Samarra is the first and most widely read book by the writer Fran Leibowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville social circuit is electrified with parties and dances, where the music plays late into the night and the liquor flows freely. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English—the envy of friends and strangers alike. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Appointment in Samarra brilliantly captures the personal politics and easy bitterness of small-town life. It is John O’Hara’s crowning achievement, and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence of a major American novelist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394711928
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/12/1982
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

John O’Hara (1905—70) received instant acclaim for Appointment in Samarra, his first novel, and quickly came to be regarded as one of the most prominent writers in America. He won the National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick and had more stories published in The New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine. His fourteen novels include A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, Butterfield 8, and From the Terrace, and his more than four hundred short stories have been collected in twelve volumes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    knockout debut novel from John O'hara

    Fran Lebowitz is quoted as saying O'hara is 'the real F. Scott Fitzgerald' on the back of this edition, and while that sounds pretty agressive, it's not far off the mark either. This is O'hara's debut novel, amazing, given at how fully realized his storytelling comes across, as well as his knack for great dialogue (which he was known for). Set in a small town where a young crowd shares progressive ideals, different viewpoints are given to the fall of Julian English and his wife Caroline after Julian heads for self-destruction battling personal demons along the way. The writing from opening lines, to the devastating finish is enough to shed a few tears for, and the humor and tragedy don't come across as forced or at odds with one another, but play out for a bittersweet novel that is worth more than one reading over the years. Hardboiled in style, though not noirish. Set in December of 1930 complete with bootlegging and prohibition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Pretty Good

    this book was quite interesting although i have read it several times. It is an excellent display of dramatic irony in the situation. but i reccommend it to all for a good suspense story :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    This novel has been called one of the top 100 of the 20th century - and it deserves to be included in that group. O'Hara's writing is superb as he explores how a single incident can cause a life to unravel. First published in the early 1930's, the story and writing style are remarkably fresh; the characters could be the people who live next door.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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